Leopold Educational Foundation: Field Trips, Preparing the Kids for College

Every year I take around 100 teenage artists from the inner city on cool field trips, and while that’s a blast, sometimes it’s important to have them to the gallery for a day of work and instruction. Pay them well, buy them lunch, then finish by talking about which college they’ll attend. It’s funny how far those little gestures sometimes go.

Paseo KidsThese two cats, Jadarius and Robert, I expect will do well. We took this shot just before KC, and most of the country, went under lockdown. After that is lifted, I’ll get back to mentoring the kids. Field trip photos below.

Paseo Field Trip 1

 

Paseo Field Trip 2In the shots above, on our way to the Flint Hills, we stopped off at Emporia State to check out their glass-blowing program–which is one of the best in the country. It’s managed by the brilliant Patrick Martin, who is giving the demo.

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Paseo Field Trip 3

Later we went for a hike with Bebe in the Tallgrass National Preserve. Didn’t let the kids get too close to the bison. You don’t want to be in the way if a stampede blows up.

Key West Again

Josh and I had an install in Naples last month, and if you’re in Naples, you may as well go on to Key West. At least we always do. Great trip, Dude.

Naples

We installed 6 sculptures all told. Will get better shots after the landscaping is finished.

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Will take Brown Eyes in March, as she loves the place even more than we do.

Jacob Burmood Install at Arrowhead Stadium

Burmood Arrowhead 1

Recently installed Jacob’s brilliant piece, 3rd and Long, at Arrowhead. Abstracted football spiraling out of 4 play patterns. It went through lots of design drafts before we hit this one.

Burmood Arrowhead 2

Great works as always, dude. More commissions are on the way. Thanks again to Sharron and Clark Hunt.

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Kinetic Exhibit with City of Boston

Wynn-Boston-Harbor-progressNext spring we’ll be installing an enormous Whitaker Wind Sculpture Exhibit at the Charlestown Navy Yard, near the USS Constitution. It’s going to be a beautiful summer: going to the Gardner Museum for chowdah, swimming with Great Whites on the Cape. Thanks to the Boston Arts Commission, the Navy Yard, Hallie, and everyone else who worked so hard to make this happen.

Here’s a Link to the Article. It’s going to be a blast!

Boston Mockup 2

Dallas Arboretum 1

My Wonderful Gay Friends

SamI’ve had a lot of gay friends in my life. Sam Anderson, a KU Prof who taught Russian and German, was one. I met him on the raquetball courts, and that launched a deep friendship. He taught me so much about art, lit, music, Latin… It crushed me when he died in 1994. I have no use for the moronic bigots who attack gays, since they don’t grasp it’s not a choice, it’s how one is wired. I mean, how would they handle it if they were wired the same way? We’re all meant to live together, and accept one another, period. Hopefully that attitude will eventually cover the world. These shots are of Sam and me in Prague, 1990.

Body Painting at Leopold Gallery

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Milica 2On a recent Saturday a lovely woman I know, Milica, agreed to a body-painting session in our window. Richard Raney did the artwork, brilliantly. Everyone loved it. 200 people came through to watch, and buy art, while Jerry Moon painted also. I gave it try, but everyone knows I can’t paint my way out of a paper bag. People tell me I’m a pretty good art consultant though.

Our Annual Donation to Sumner and Paseo Academies

Lord I love these punks, and don’t mind saying they love us. Helped a lot of them get into college this year. Will help more next year–on and on until I die. Thanks to my generous donors: Chiefs, Bill, David, Jeff, Milbank Manufacturing, and all the rest of you cool cats. You really help us make a diff in multiple lives.

Sumner Donation 2019

Paseo Donation 2019

Install in Fresno

While I was in Sonoma, and Santa Barbara, and Venice last month, I stopped by Fresno to lend a hand with this project. 30 Whitaker Wind Sculptures on the roof of the Clovis Community Hospital’s new Cancer Infusion Center. The works are soothing for patients to gaze upon as they’re getting their treatments, and we like helping with that.

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